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: president obama also nominated his counterterrorism adviser, john brennan, to serve as cia director. john brennan was considered for cia director back in 2008 but he withdrew his name when questions came up about whether he had supported controversial interrogation techniques under the bush administration. in washington, i'm danielle leigh, nbc news. >>> more news from capitol hill, despite objections by the u.s. state department, google's executive chairman eric shah submit in north korea this morning. schmidt is part of a four-day humanitarian trip to the region organized by former new mexico governor, bill richardson. the group left beijing this morning. richardson says they plan to ask about korean-american kenneth bay detained by north korea in december. >> i have spoken to the son of the detainee. he want knows try to bring his father back. we think that will be difficult, but we're gonna try to see him and inquire about his condition, so that's another humanitarian side of the trip. >> the group is traveling as y private citizens, not representatives of the u.s. or google. >>> mo
lawmakers. >> reporter: protests outside the white house questioning whether john brennan spoke out loudly enough against controversial interrogation tactics. that's why brennan dropped out last time he was considered to head the cia. this time he's courting both sides. >> although i consider myself neither a republican nor a democrat, i very much look forward to working closely with those on both sides of the aisle. >> reporter: but brennan's confirmation may not be as tough as chuck hagel's for secretary of defense. >> mr. president, i will always give you my most honest and most informed -- >> as a successful businessman, he also knows even as we make tough fiscal choices, we have to do so wisely. >> reporter: republicans and democrats are concerned hagel is soft on iran and too to have on our ally, israel. >> he's had a record of distinguished service, but he's profoundly wrong on a number of the most important national security issues that face our country today. >> reporter: hagel insists his views have been completely distorted. he's also under fire for criticizing a clinton nominee
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